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Since my tumblr also doubles as my website/blog, I figured I’d give everyone an update on what I’ve been up to.  Because I haven’t had a book out in a while, and my convention presence has been pretty light since New York Comic-Con, I sometimes feel like I’ve been off the radar.  But in fact, it’s been one of the busiest years of my life.


This is probably what I get asked the most about.  In the fall, FOX commissioned a pilot for my Boom! Studios comic from writer Ben Queen and producer Howard Gordon (24, Homeland).  I can’t say much, but: a) it’s very much alive at Fox b) I’ve gotten to read the pilot and I thought Ben did some very cool things that I quite frankly wish I’d thought of and c) Ben & Howard’s production company have been gracious to include me in the process.  I’ll update as soon as there is news I’m allowed to share.


Last year, salgood sam and I had a successful Kickstarter for what has been one of my dream projects, DRACULA: SON OF THE DRAGON.  It’s essentially a prequel to Dracula, the story of how the historical Vlad the Impaler became the vampire in Bram Stoker’s novel.  The first 15 page chapter of the first volume (of a projected 3-4 graphic novels) is out now in Salgood’s quarterly REVOLVER anthology, pictured above.  Digital copies were sent to backers, but you can order the copies directly from Salgood or pick one up from a convention where one or both of us are at (more on that in a sec).

Salgood is drawing the next 15 pages as I write this, and the good news is that what we planned as a 60 page graphic novel will now be closer to 70 pages as Salgood and I continue to expand the story.  The not so great news is that we are behind schedule.  But the full graphic novel should be out by the end of the year, and in the meantime we’ve fulflilled a ton of the rewards, such as the great print by Nathan Fox.  If you’re waiting on a reward, feel free to contact me and I’ll get it to you ASAP.


Starting in the Fall of 2013, I began designing and teaching two courses for SVA’s (The School of Visual Arts) brand new Master of Fine Arts in Visual Narrative program.  Creative Script, an overview of writing for all visual mediums, and along with jimrugg Digital Short story, where are students wrote and illustrated/photographed/filmed 12 page digital short stories.

Our students work culminated in an exhibition which is running at SVA’s Flatiron Gallery in NYC from May 27 - June 14th at 133/141 West 21st Street.

You can also read my students stories online for free here:

Teaching was an incredible experience, especially the opportunity to design my own curriculum for a program that combines art and writing and gets to nurture new talent, especially new comics talent.  But it was also much more time consuming than I anticipated, forcing me to push back some of creative work which I’m now catching up on.


Last year I was hired by two producers to adapt one of my recent creator-owned books into a feature screenplay.  Since there hasn’t been an official announcement I can’t say which book it is, but it’s one I’m extremely proud of.  At this moment that’s where I’m putting the majority of my creative energy.


An original pilot I’m also writing because of the demand for TV work from me that the UNTHINKABLE has created.  Again, can’t say much more about it other than it’s like a very dark take on Quantum Leap.


I haven’t forgotten about comics!  I’ve mentioned WAR TOYS before, it was approved by Image Comics close to two years ago.  It’s a techno-thriller that’s not too far in tone from UNTHINKABLE and GRAVEYARD, about vigilantes using drones to fight crime in the inner city.  It’s co-created by Jonathan Betuel, writer of THE LAST STARFIGHTER.  Unfortunately, we lost our original artist, so the gestation period has been longer than I’d like.  But it appears we’ve found a new artist who I can’t wait to announce (but I kind of have to).


I have two conventions scheduled so far.  NEW YORK COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION, where I’ll be appearing for the first time ever with Salgood Sam June 14th and 15th 2014, and SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON July 24th-27th.  I don’t know if or when I’ll be signing at SDCC.  I’m also hoping to be at NYCC in October.  I’ll post more when I get those plans finalized.

In addition to all of the above, I’m constantly working on new projects in multiple mediums.  As much as I love TV and film, I’m really itching to get back to creator-owned comics, which is what made me fall in love with writing in the first place.

If you’re a fan - and particular a Kickstarter backer - I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support.  While I feel overwhelmed with work at times (it’s taken me two weeks just to write this blog entry), I’m incredibly fortunate to have all the opportunities I’ve listed above, and I wouldn’t have them if it weren’t for you.


McDonald’s has long marketed to consumers of color as aggressively as any big corporation. It was one of the first corporate customers of Burrell Communications, the longstanding, highly decorated multicultural advertising agency. While we take for granted that there are lots of people of color in mainstream commercials, the world was much different in those awkward early days of culturally targeted marketing. But a journey through this history offers a (hilarious) reminder of what has and has not changed in the art of selling burgers to brown people.

What we found when we started digging through the archives was that McDonald’s was deeply concerned with black folks getting down. (Excuse us:gettin’ down.)

See more on NPR’s Code Switch.

I am so writing a pilot about the ad agency that came up with these.  Mad Men meets Good Times.

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Walt somehow captures this guy and shackles him in a basement. Walt then sets up a shotgun across the basement pointed at this kingpin with a trip wire. Ultimately, Walt wants this guy to kill himself. Then Walt starts “lopping off bits of this guy” very precisely, starting with the toes and working his way up, “cauterizing with a blow torch.”

Walter works very systematically, returning each day at the same time to torture the bad guy. The guy is such a badass that he won’t trip the wire, and the torture continues for weeks. Walter Jr. was going to stumble upon this place and discover this “poor guy.” Junior was going to try to help him, lean in and give him some water. Somehow, the kingpin realizes this is Walter’s son, and only then does he pull the trip wire to kill both Junior and himself.

Gilligan pitched this idea in person to AMC and Sony executives. He admits that everybody in the room sized him up with a look that said: “You are seriously f*cked up.”

From a list of 5 Plots that Vince Gilligan didn’t use for Breaking Bad. (via twiststreet)

Wow…even the plots that Vince Gilligan threw away for Breaking Bad are better than anything else on TV right now.

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